Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Empty Nest Cooking

Now that there are just the two of us living under this roof, I like to play with our favorite recipes and cook them in smaller batches.  Yes, there are times when I make the full recipe and then freeze half for another meal, but when it's cold out and I'm cooking something in the oven, I have the added benefit of extra heat in the house. 

Here is a favorite veggie dish, this recipe makes 6-8 servings:


Preheat oven to 350F, grease 9 inch casserole dish.

2- 10 oz. boxes frozen, chopped spinach - defrosted, drained
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Squeeze extra moisture out of spinach, place in mixing bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Blend thoroughly, turn into greased casserole dish, smooth top. Optional:  Sprinkle fresh ground black pepper on top.   Bake about 45 - 50 minutes until firm & puffy.

Here's Spinach Casserole for 2-4.

Preheat oven 350F, grease 7 inch dish (I used a small pie plate).

I defrosted the spinach in the square microwave dish,
didn't have time to let it defrost 'on its own.'

1 - 10 ounce box of frozen spinach, defrosted, drain excess water
1/3 to 1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese
1 or 2 heaping tablespoons sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Squeeze extra moisture out of spinach,

place in mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. 

Blend thoroughly,

turn into greased casserole dish,

smooth top.

Optional: Sprinkle fresh ground black pepper on top.  

Bake about 40 minutes until firm & puffy.

This recipe is very user friendly, there will be no one to check up on you if you use 10 or 20 ounces of frozen spinach from a bag or *GASP!*  if you use fresh spinach, cooked, drained and allowed to cool. 

Have fun with your food.



HolleyGarden said...

Looks good! I've finally learned how to cook for "just two", and now find it hard to cook for a crowd!

Betty Lou said...

Looks yummy-------I still don't know how to cook for two, but at least we have leftovers for another meal. I will try this recipe.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I think I could manage this one, glad you divided the casserole into a 'smaller' recipe.

Denise :) said...

Joy, this looks so yummy! I've had a bit of a challenge paring down Todd's favorite recipes into manageable empty nester portions! Thanks for sharing this one! :)

Terra said...

Yum, we love spinach at our house.

Shana Cheeks said...

Love the spinach recipe. I am going to give it a try this weekend!

Bumble Lush Kitchen Garden said...

That looks delicious! I have a bunch of spinach from the farmers' market, this gives me a good idea. Thanks for commenting on my post. I'd love to read more about your attempts to eat local foods, if you do it. IT's something I just started myself, and some things are easier to find than others. :)

catmint said...

I hope you accept appreciative one word comments: Yum!

Content in a Cottage said...

I'm going to make the big version so there will be leftovers. Thanks. This looks very good and very easy. My kind of recipe!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Looks good. Thank you for visiting and leaving your helpful comment. Now if I could just find my way back to the old interface, I could probably fix it. How I wish they would leave things alone! I'm so weary of all the changes they are making! Enjoy your weekend.


Barbara said...

Took a while I found to cook in smaller quantities. Got round some of it by freezing half. Used to it now though after 15 years.